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Bellingham Environment Facts

Air Quality, Water Quality, Climate and more


Bellingham
Air Quality
Whatcom County
. Good Days Moderate Days Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days Unhealthy Days Very Unhealthy Days
2017 243 106 13 3 0
2016 342 7 0 0 0
2015 311 21 0 0 0
2014 302 37 0 0 0
2013 317 31 0 0 0




Bellingham
Water Quality
Strait of Georgia & Nooksack Watersheds
. % Good % Threatened % Impaired
2014 na na na
2012 na na na
2010 na na na
2008 na na na
2006 na na na
2004 na na na
2002 na na na




Bellingham
Recreation
. # of Parks # of Parks
(99 City Avg)
National Parks, Historic Sites, etc.
(managed by National Park Service)
Olympic National Park, North Cascades National Park plus 6 more 7
National Campgrounds, Lodges, etc.
(other federal agency-managed sites)
30 26
State Parks, Sites, etc. 7 11



Bellingham Climate
(1971-2000)
. . 99 City Avg
January - Avg Low Temp 35 F 27 F
January - Avg Daily Temp 41 F 37 F
July - Avg Daily Temp 63 F 74 F
July - Avg High Temp 73 F 86 F
Avg Annual Precipitation 35 in 35 in



Bellingham Elevation
15 feet GPTR 99 City Average
1,652 feet



Bellingham
Natural Hazards
. Risk Level 99 City Average
Total Hazard Risk Higher Moderate
Earthquake 30% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk No Risk
Hurricane 0 10
Flood Very High Very High
Tornado Very Low Low
Volcano High Ash Fall No Risk
Wildfire Low Low



Bellingham
Man-Made Hazards (Nuclear)
Nuclear Power Stations
(# Reactors)
Distance from City GPTR 99 City
Average
Columbia (1) 220 miles 50% of cities are within 100 miles of at least one nuclear station



Bellingham
Heating and Cooling Degree Days
(avg annual)
. . 99 City Avg
Total Degree Days 5,048 5,915
HDD 4,980 4,662
CDD 68 1,253



EPA Hazardous Material Cleanup Sites
(Bellingham Area)
Bellingham Area EPA Cleanup Sites


Legend:
Small green circles (older style maps) or multi-colored circles (newer style maps: click here for legend) indicate 1)Superfund Sites 2)Federal Facilities 3)RCRA Corrective Action Sites and 4)Brownfields Properties (EPA hazardous material cleanup sites defined at Environment link)

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